Starting with Monsters
For this major essay, you are to locate scholarly outside sources to support your argument.
Referring to other sources bring other voices into your writing and is something all scholars do in their writing. This goes beyond looking up the topic of monsters and can include research on interpretations of identity, representation, cultural differences, symbolism and much more.
When searching the on the computer for scholarly sources to support your arguments, where do you begin? Most students will say "the internet" or "the web" or "Google".
Those are not bad places to start, but they are not generally suitable for required university-level research. The tabs on this page will lead to you resources that will meet your needs and are just as easy to search as the wide open web. The resources on these tabs will be more likely to meet scholarly standards. For more about what a scholarly source is, click here.
To get started, you need to choose a monster (individual or group), then locate discussion of this and related examples.
What type of monster are you examining? Here are some ideas--remember monsters are not always unattractive--they can be lovely in appearance or intent:
- Traditional (Frankenstein)
- Ancient (Cyclops)
- Scientific (purpose or method)
- Technological (processes)
Some ideas and concepts, but certainly not all, that you can find in the analysis of monsters:
What is the purpose of this monster?
- Misappropriation/misuse from original intent
- Morality tale
- Symbolic (fear of death)
These terms will prove useful in finding resources, but are not the only terms you could use for this topic. Note more as you work through the next tabs as your focus may shift a bit depending on what scholarly material you find.